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MonkeyNotes-Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
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Questions

1. Do a character analysis of Tom Jones, the hero of the novel

2. Tom Jones is not an idealistic hero in that he vacillates and has a weakness for women. Comment

3. The novel was quite blatant for it's age in terms of the affairs of the hero depicted. Comment

4. Examine the plot structure of the novel and point out flaws, if any.

5. Squire Allworthy appears a genteel and largehearted man. Do you agree? Please explain your point of view.

6. The narrative maintains a racy pace. Do you think that enhances the novel? Please explain your point of view.

7. Fielding has been satirical of English Society's customs. Delineate the instances of satire and wry humor in the novel.

8. Do you think it was all right for Sophia Western to forgive the infidelities of Tom Jones? Please explain.

9. Does it come as a surprise to you that Jones is Bridget's son? Please examine this development in the story of the novel and explain how you think it adds value.


10. Do you consider Blifil a complete villain? Elaborate and elucidate your opinion

11. Tom Jones is often described as 'innocent'. Do you agree? Please illustrate and elaborate on your opinion.

12. The author has employed a series of contrasts to build his narrative. Write an essay on these contrasts and comparisons, within the novel - whether of characters or situations.

13. Compare and contrast the characters of Sophia Western and Lady Fitzpatrick (Sophia's cousin).

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